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Media Studies

Why study media?

Consider how much media you engage with on a daily basis and think of the influence media forms such as advertising, film and social networking have on your daily life. 

Now imagine having the ability to truly understand yours and others’ responses to that media; having the knowledge of how that media is created and the skills to create media products of a professional standard – all of these you will learn if you take Media Studies at Sutton Valence School. Lessons combine debate and discussion with research, practical work, student–led teaching, presentations and discussion of media theories.  Media Studies is a small but effective department where students are enthused by an exciting, interesting and contemporary curriculum. 

The curriculum

At both AS and A2 Level the course is divided into 50% coursework and 50% exam. At AS Level you will study a variety of media forms including film, advertising, magazines, websites, television programmes and consider how these are created; how audiences respond to them and how groups and events are represented as well as the application of relevant media theories. We offer you a variety of choices of coursework including promotional print and film campaigns, as well as magazine production and advertising campaigns. At A2 Level you will be examined on texts such as Sherlock, Homeland, Gogglebox, Hunger Games, Skyfall and Rush – these texts can change yearly as we believe that the curriculum should be chosen according to the interests of the class.  Coursework involves writing an extended essay about an area of the media of your choice and producing practical coursework artefacts related to it.  Past choices have included an essay on the representations of heroes in sandbox games and the creation of promotional materials to advertise a new game which challenges those representations.

Further opportunities

The department also offers students the opportunity to take AS Film Studies as a subsidiary subject, and entry to this can be discussed with me.  Recent trips taken by the department have included a visit to iMax cinema and a visit to the Warner Brothers: The Making of Harry Potter Studios.  The department has an open-door policy, which means that students are very welcome to come into the department at breaks, lunchtimes and in study periods to work on coursework and to get our advice.

Many Sutton Valence Media students choose to continue their studies of the Media or Film at university including Media Arts at Royal Holloway; Journalism at UWE and Media Communications at Leeds.

We genuinely believe that the Media department is a welcoming and exciting place to be and Media Studies is both a rigorous and enjoyable course.

Mr Julian Zane
Head of Department


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